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Understanding Fibromyalgia

12 CE Hours - E1022

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain, the classic survival manual, offers a comprehensive guide for managing the common but often misdiagnosed conditions of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. Its management techniques include targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to help cope with the chronic pain, sleep problems and numbing effects of "fibrofog" that occur.

Including research on the causes of fibromyalgia, evaluation of treatments, complete discussions of special issues for women and men, and information on medication, the course text also includes a popular provider index, which can help clients select those practitioners that will take your client's complaints seriously and offer knowledgeable treatment advice.

In this course, you will learn:

  • what constitutes fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain
  • trigger points and therapeutic approaches to release them
  • the characteristics of fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain and how they affect quality of life
  • indications and contraindications in giving bodywork and emotional support to people who have FMS and/or CMP
  • accurate information that you would give to clients about fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain

This course is a goldmine of practical information and research about fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain. It examines how these conditions can affect the quality of life, important concepts about safe and effective ways to maintain health while decreasing pain and dysfunction and indications and contraindications for bodywork.

Featured Reviews

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain was an excellent course because it systematically explained the disorder, discussed physiology, treatment options with diagrams, and perpetuating factors which can complicate the affliction. A family member has recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I now feel I understand what I can do to help.

- Heidi Gerner, CMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed learning more about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain. As a Massage Therapist, I have several clients who have Fibromyalgia and receive alot of relief from massage. After reading this book it helped me understand more about it and also the effect of Trigger Points in the body in any person, not only those with FMS. I think now I want to learn about Trigger Point Therapy because that is definitely something that will really help people from developing many painful problems. I really think many people don't have any idea about how bad Trigger Points are and how much better they will feel if they are inactivated/alleviated.

- Cynthia Hoffmeister, LMT

This book needs to be put in the hands of people who suffer from Fibromyalgia so they can receive the information from these pages and start to understand their body. This book was an eye opener to symptons that I have and others I know have and how to HELP. Thanks

- Georgette Cristina, LMT, NCTMB

This was a great course and should be taught in massage schools.

- Julie McNeill, LMT

This course was very helpful and interesting. I can definitely use this information in my practice. I really love the fact that it was written by someone with first hand experience with Fibromyalgia. Very interesting and I enjoyed the course very much.

- Karen Dawn Smith, LMT

I though this would be boring...it was really very good and held my attention! Thank you!

- Karen R. LaLonde, LMT

Excellent, excellent, excellent

- Maria Fakhoury, CMT

This course was very informative. A lot I did not know! The staff is absolutely wonderful and very helpful! Thank you so very much for your Institution!

- Colleen L. Clairmont, LMT

The course was very in depth. Thank you for the education and being thorough.

- Amanda Dupas, LMT

Interesting course, readable, and useful for people who are suffering with FM/CFS to help develop a treatment plan course of action.

- Roberta Smith, RMT

Great course, very informative and helpful. It will be an asset to my business. Thanks!

- Priscilla Collins, LMT

I massage clients with this problem and this course opened my eyes to how they are actually feeling so further work on them will be to their benefit. Thank you. I can help them more.

- Gail K. Berton, LMT

It is very useful and helpful.

- Jing Cai

This course has transformed my deep tissue practice. I feel that I can do deep tissue all day, every day.

- Lydia Haig, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Well-written and thorough.

- Daniel Swetman, LMT

This course is great.It gave me a better understanding of FMS and CMP.

- Jedadia Ketchabaw, LMT

The book that came with the fibromyalgia course is excellent! Way better than I expected; it's very well researched by two writers who suffer from fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndrome.

- Susan Clay, LMT, NCTMB

Great course! I am excited to see in print many of the conclusions I have come to in my own work. Especially I noted when you said that Rolfing could be effective, in conjunction with others in the "team", for resolving FMS. I have found this too!

- Chad Bradbury, LMT, NCTMB

Well written....

- Candida Rodriquez, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very helpful. Two of my daughters have experienced this condition and I am now able to be of help.

- C. Donna Mastrandrea, LMT

This content will assist me in both my nursing and massage practice!! Very interesting!!

- Joanne Bruno, LMT

The text was excellent and the whole experience presented very professionally.

- Suzanne Duggan, LMT

I always find the course material very informative, always gives me new information I can use in my professional and personal life.

- Mary O'Leary, LMT

Very concise and thorough information. Presented in an easy to understand and enjoyable reading. Invaluable trigger point info.

- Steve Pearson, LMT, NCTMB

Job well done. I'm a tough critic.

- Cindy Rebouche, LMT

I enjoyed this course very much and has made me already plan for my next direction for c.e.u.'s next year. thank you very much for all your professional and courteous help. I look forward to doing business with you in the future again.

- Jennifer Manchester

The text book was great!

- Marsha McArthur, LMT

Although I enjoyed this course I did find it a bit challenging for myself, I worked much harder to complete this exam.

- Theresa Girouard, LMT, NCTMB

Very happy with this course. I have many clients with Fibromyalgia and the information was very helpful for not only me but information I can share with my clients.

- Denita Dudley, LMT

This course was so helpful to me! I now have a clearer picture of what fibromyalgia is, and the appropriate treatment plan for mu clients. The text book was informative and well written.

- Danielle Tiedeman, LMT

I suffer from both FMS and CMP, and this is the most insightive and helpful book for me. I believe it has and will continue to benefit my life. Extemely eye opening material.

- C. Ureno, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very challenging and kept my attention. I loved it and felt I got a better understanding of Fibromyalgia. Thank you!

- C. Hernandez, LMT, NCTMB

Wonderful course, and so relevant and crucial for anyone in the health care industry.

- L. Rhodes, LMP

I really enjoyed course because I could do it at my own pace. Sitting at one of those weekend classes is exhausting.

- T. Digregorio, LMT, NCBTMB


  • Text - 398 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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